The Mission District is among the most fascinating neighborhoods in San Francisco. It's currently undergoing demographic shifts and societal changes, but also boasts amazing food, art, nightlife, diversity, and the magical atmosphere of Dolores Park. It made me fall in love with the city and I hope you, too, will experience the neighborhood's charm.
Get the local scoop on Mexican food, shopping at thrift stores, what fruit markets have to offer and where to find a good book. Hear the story of the mural art miracle of Clarion Alley and kick off your shoes to end the tour at the idyllic Dolores Park.
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The Women's Building, Clarion Alley Murals, Dolores Park
Start point is the 16th St. and Mission St. BART Station. Take the BART and disembark here.
Places to stop along the way:
Any Taqueria, thrift store, fruit market, book store, record store, and street art along the way! The Mission is full of them!
Best time of day:
For the best experience at Dolores Park, I suggest doing this route in the afternoon on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Any sunny day will do though!
The Mission District is quite safe, especially during the day. Normal travel sight-seeing precautions apply.
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